Playbill recently compiled a list of “20 Powerhouse Women Directors Theatre Fans and Industry Pros Alike Need to Know,” with Princeton faculty member Elena Araoz counted among them. Five of the 20 directors with ties to the Lewis Center are:
- Lecturer in Theater Elena Araoz, inaugural Beatrice Terry Artist-in-Residence for The Drama League and founding member of The Sol Project
- Princeton alumna and former faculty member Lileana Blain-Cruz ’06, named the new Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater
- Whitney White, a Roger S. Berlind Playwright in Residence grantee at the Lewis Center for 2020-21
- Nicole A. Watson, the Associate artistic director at McCarter Theatre Center, a partner organization to the Lewis Center and Princeton University
- Princeton alumna Abigail Jean Baptiste ’18 who supports a fall music theater course offered at the Lewis Center and who leads Intersections Theater Collective, the BIPOC theater makers group for Princeton students
These individuals and others on the list are recognized for pushing the boundaries of theater direction, earning Off-Broadway and regional awards, and pioneering a new frontier of theater.
What made you want to be a director?
“I love acting, but I wanted a voice in the bigger picture. I wanted to have a say in the social-political stance and outcome of a production. I didn’t only ever want to be a pawn in another director’s vision. I wanted space for my scholarship, opinion, and inventiveness.”
— Elena Araoz